Route 2 - Day 18 - Saturday, July 10, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Continued from yesterday... Then to Chattanooga, TN where I had planned to spend Sat night. Arrived at 5am, about 12 hours early. Catnapped until the Motel 6 room was ready at 11am.

Crashed until 4pm, then got up, ordered a Papa John's Pizza and started updating these pages.

Not much happening today, so let me tell you about something that happened yesterday. This was on I 57 which, for our purposes, runs south in Illinois from I 64. I had been talking with truckers on the CB. Someone was talking about an accident ahead that had shut the interstate. I turned on the radio and caught a local newscast. Seems a train loaded with full coal cars had derailed. Part of the derailment was on a bridge over the interstate. A coal car had dumped it's load of coal onto the interstate and then fallen off the bridge. It landed on an 18 wheeler. The driver was injured but expected to be ok. Poor driver. Can you imagine what that was like?

The state police closed the interstate in both directions while the mess got cleaned up. So we had to take a detour.

The detour took us on a road that ran roughly parallel to the interstate. Through many small towns. With all due respect, I suspect this was the most action some of these towns had seen in a long time. Local townspeople had gathered on the street corners just to watch all the traffic go by :) The truckers were making all sorts of unrepeatable comments on the CB. LOL!

Here's a link ^ to an article about this.

Today we traveled from somewhere between Paducah, KY and Nashville, TN to Chattanooga, TN.

 Today's Pictures 
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No pix today, sorry.

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 12:00am
Ending time: 5:00am
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 5
Begining odometer: 108521
Ending odometer: 108794
Net miles today: 273
Average MPH: 45.5
Total trip mileage: 6742

Gasoline: $0 Food, ice, etc.: $15
Lodging: $34.86 - Motel 6 - Chattanooga, TN
Other: $0

 Thought For The Day 

Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.
 Joke Of The Day 

This isn't a joke, but how 'bout a cool optical illusion instead?
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